So ok, my wife think I got to much gear. The house is crowded related to all your stuff she told me.
Ehh, lot of stuff? I don’t understand what you mean..
Well it was time to check my footwear, and ok there is a lot of them. At the picture the boots for the dog walks and cross country running shoes is missing as well:-).
Today it is Sunday and the training was all about strength today. 10 reps in 10 sets with 55kg bench press. Then 10 x 10 dead lifts with 60kg. And as a finisher, a Tabatha with push ups. This combined with 3,5 hours of speed walk with the husky..so we are on track.
On Sunday it is tome for some reflection. It is important to fill the life with activities and people who gives you energy. Sunday is reading days for me. Here I can develop from the literature. It is also to get control over all the gear. With a lot of different activities and adventures the gear and mind also need its time to be in shape.
A good combination, get the gear in control and the developthe mind as well..
When it comes to gear it will be interesting things on the market of the beginning of the year. The ISPO fair in Munich will bring up new stars on the outdoor market.
Bergan’s of Norway will release the new collection Stranda, A collection of fully recyclable garments,
Stranda Bergan’s new outdoor collection made of fully recyclable garment.
Also Helly Hansen will be hot on the market for ski clothing. The new collection will stand out. The new camo jacket with fur collar is one of them..
HH will be hot on the outdoor clothing ski market..
And at last a uplifting statistics result. The Swedish people are doing workout more than most people thought. Sifo together with Stadium did there yearly survey about workout habits of Swedes, and the result? Almost most of the people workout 2-3 times every week. Just 11% never workout. Men prefer ball sports and weight workout but the women rather prefer group workouts and walks.
Keep up the good work and secure to improve the statistics:-)
Now a new year has begun, its time to set targets for the upcoming year. I will come back to that later. First we start as it should in the beginning of a new year. We will take a look on the trends for 2018.
The colour of the year 2018 is purple, at least for women.
The North Face also got a new interesting jacket.
TNF will always produce good mountaineering clothes..This is the L5 ultra light storm jacket.
When it comes to work out trends the HIIT(High Intensive Interval training) will still be on top. A challenger will be the LIIT (Low Intensive Interval Training) The group-training will also continue to be on top, but her we can see a pattern with interactive workout between groups. Wearable technology will also increase during 2018. measurement of food, sleep and result of training etc. Yoga will still be interesting.
New forms of yoga during 2018..
The obstacle workout, in individual or in groups will also be a trend during 2018. This in combination or just functional fitness workout.
Functional workout for obstacle race will be one of the trends of 2018.
Also boxing workout will be one of the way of training during 2018.
Want to be right 2018, do the boxercise..
Now over to something else, the mountain rescue in Sweden has a lot to do. her comes some statistics:
The mountain rescue has a lot to do in the Swedish mountain environment.
Totally the mountain rescue did 335 turnouts. In Norrbotten 128 and in Jamtland 125. The trend is that people do not know there own limitation of knowledge. So this might be something to work with, information of what is needed from a knowledge level etc.
At last it will be a thinking about targets for 2018. So here in the beginning of the year we have the opportunity to choose whatever we want. From my own perspective I have this thoughts; I want to try at least two new challenges. I want to have a sustainable think of all adventures/challenges I will be doing. And what is the role model of a man in 2018? At LinkedIn you can see that it is good if you have the Klassikern(the classic) in your CV. But what does that show, that you prioritize yourself in the first room? Is that a good thing. The role model should be something else from my point of view. Ok, I am not the best in this, with my workout etc. But that part is a life style for me, and not something I am brag about, and I am still developing other side then the physical part I hope..
And at last, this week was fantastic by Ice climbing at Trängslet.
A great team of Ice climbers at Trängslet Dalarna..Guys I love you:-)
A nice Ice to start this ice climbing season at..
A happy climber on the ice at Trangslet in Dalarna on the way to become a good role model?:-)
This weeks music, RHCP & John Fruscicante..Enjoy there will not be better than this. I started the the day of Ice climbing with this two songs. and you cant fail with that start..
So we got a new year again. And today is the first day of the new year. This day is build for rethinking, what do I want out of my life. For most of us who’s reading this, the trinity of life consists of: social life, outdoor life and the work life. This means that we have to choose. We cant be in the mountain for all the time. And the time we can spend on adventure is limited. This means that we have to choose. I think that is good, because then we really appreciated the moments at the mountains. And from my point of view, I think I have become a better guide by working as a manager in the ”civilian life”. There is nothing as good as coming home to the family after a long demanding mountain tour. So sometimes it good that we have to choose..
And now over to 2017 and what it become..
A. Avalanches. Due to the climate changes we have to take that in consideration. We must be prepared and have good equipment. But most of all good knowledge. No equipment cant replace that. Always remember..
´BCA snow study kit will help you predict avalanches. But cant replace good knowledge.
B. Back country. Nothing is like a good back country tour. This year it was from Storulvan-Gasen-Helags-Sylarna-Storulvan, a real nice one. This time also with the husky, I like it:-)
The man, the husky in a snow paradise..Helags mountain station..
C. Chamonix. Ok, there is nothing else like Chamonix. This year we went to Finhaut in Switzerland. The Emmeson reservoir.
A nice day close to the Emesson Resrvoir.
Chamonix, always delivers…Adventures, challenges, yít got it all..
D. Drones. The drones is here to stay. They will help us with dropping explosives so people/skiers and others can avoid avalanches. Also a perfect instrument for filming and photo outdoor activities.
E. Everest, a new rule state that no one will be allowed to climb alone. This will make the speed climbers angry..
No more alone climbing at Everest?
F. Fjallraven. this year the Bergtagen collection was presented. I real nice number of good clothing for mountaineerer.
Fjallraven Bergtagen, a real good collection for hard core adventures.
G. Gåsen. This mountain cabin in jamtlandsfajallen is real nice. It got the best view of all. In good weather you cans see the Sylarna peak and the Helags peak at ones. No place in the area can beat that. Possibly only a view from Sylskalsstoten.
Gasen mountain cabin, a must for the saved..
H. Hotel Alpina. In Chamonix I’ve been staying at a lot of hotels. But the best one will be alpine. In 2018 it will be renovated, which means event better. So Alpina will be my choice this season..
A renovated hotel Alpina, nice we like..
I. Ice climbing. Ok I got it, the fever. Fever of ice climbing. The material ice is a living creature and you have to understand it. It never look or are the same. And I am stacked with it. So challenging, and fun..
Brudslojan at Trangslet Dalarna..
J. Jarvso. This village has become interesting at the adventure map. With a terrific down hill cycling park, and a lot of different water activities such as rafting, canyoning etc. they will be a centre for adventures activities.
T. Telemark skiing. Free heel skiing is the best way of workout, outdoor experience and go with the flow..
Skiing in Åre…
U. Ueli steck. 2017 was the year when Ueli Steck went out of time at Mount Everest. The speed climber still got the speed record of Eigers north wand. 2 hours and 22 minutes. The climbing world miss him..
Ueli Steck died at Nuptse at Nepal 30th of April this year..
V. Via Ferrata. A summing up of the year without mention Skuleberget would be sin. I am still supriced every time I go there. It is a really nice activity with a real professional crew. Thank you Tero and Latte for what you are doing. And for you who haven’t been there yet. You really got something to look forward to..
Today we open the 24th door, and it is time to close this years calendar. We start the last quiz of this year. First we search for the person that first discovered the magnetic south pole. This person also died close to an island. Which one was that?
This day will be about the best tour ever. It will be tough to pick one special tour among all others.
A tour to Sylarna will never be wrong, but is the best..?
Or is it Blahammaren with ‘its three-course dinner…?
Or maybe a trip to Lappland and the high alpine range of Kebnekaise..?
It must be a winter tour, one I have done on my own to Gasen and Sylarna..?
No, the best one was from Storulvan-Gasen-Stensdalen-Valastugorna-Lunndorren.
See ya soon..and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Today we open the 23rd door. The X-mas closing in. Today it will be all about stoves.
There are three main categories of outdoor backpack stoves. The traditional with white spirit or meta tablets. The second is gas of all sorts. And the third category is stoves with liquid fuel.
The classic spirits stove, I think we all have tried. The advantage with this stove is that it is very easy to use. It works under the most conditions. The disadvantage will be the weight, and that it ponderous. It will take long time to get things boiled.
The second category the Gas stove,is very clean. It is quite easy to use and it will take small space and is very light. The disadvantage is that it works bad on the winter. Even that is now possible to buy winter gas, it still does work 100%. Don’t trust the pietzl lighter, always bring a fire steel to be safe.
High quality, easy to use and will take small space. There also is a new category in this area. The reactor technology. Here you can se how it works. This one will take less gas, and will heat the water or liquid very fast..
The third category is the expedition stove, with liquid fuel, or combination with gas. This stoves are very powerful, but the disadvantage will be weight and it is always a risk with liquid fuel. It can start do burn etc.
MSR MGK EX one of my favourites among stoves. It will always work, it feels like it is unbreakable. But, you must know it well before you go to the mountains..
and how it works:
The tube goes through the flame to warm up the liquid…
Lets go for the 22:nd door, and interest for Ice climbing score.
Ice Climbing is special. The material is changing, and is always different. It will give you a mental challenge, you must trust your self and the gear. The better confidence, the better climbing. If you haven’t tried it do it. Another thing to think over:
Let 2018 be the year you tried something for the first time..(maybe Ice Climbing?)
Some basic about Ice Climbing…
Ice climbing at Rjukan Norway, a paradise for ice climbing.
And at the end some study of the technique, and when you behold the art of ice climbing..
After a long day on skis, or climbing it is a relief enter the door of an mountain station. After a night at Col du Midi in snow and thunderstorm it feels snuggly to enter the Hut de Cosmique.
A coffee at the Cosmique, will cheers you up. Especially after a night in thunderstorm at 3600m..
Hike up to albert 1st, get the first acclimatization. Then you also can start the training with crampons, ice axes and rope-team. There are lot of nice climbs/routes in the near.
Chamonix also means Lac Blanc. This is a easy but nice tour. You will for sure not get disappointed. The Lac Blanc always deliver..
Lac Blanc, as always delivers..
A funny history, Claes Grundsten took pictures for Haglofs product catalogue here. We thought it was in the wilderness..Guess about our surprise when we realised it was close to a refuge..
One of the refuges that is seldom visit is the Grand Mulet’s hut. The reason is that during summer it is very hard to get there. Lots of crevasses will make the rout dangerous. But during winter, this is one of the most common straight route up to Mont Blanc.
Grand Mulet’s hut, one of the more of wind and cold exposed hut´s
Today it will be about people that are role models for me. First we have to look into the history books. Gillis Billing, a important person in Swedish climbing.
The Swedish climbers in the early 20th century consisted of a small adventure adventure that made Alpine climbs and topsides on skis. Sometimes they climbed on rocks, but only as training in front of the large, snow-capped mountains. The one who secured had no robe belay, but completely pulled the Sonica hemp over his shoulders, ready to resist.
For Gillis Billing the workout and gymnastic exercise was a vital part of his life..
We are heading back to 1936 and the beginning of Gillis Billing’s climbing course. Then he went the first climbing course in Sweden, held in Sylarna under Emmerich Rossipal’s leadership. That same year he visited Vårbyberget on the outskirts of Stockholm when looking for suitable training mountains.
Gillis back pack ready for new alpine adventure..
Today, the mountain is more known as Häggsta. Gillis was perhaps not the first climber on the mountain, but he opened a pair of the first joints and made the mountain known among the climbers of the past.
In 1937 Gillis went to Kebnekaise and rose up for Baumann’s wall, a climb he dreamed of since he was a child. Ewa Hellström-Boström describes how he ”climbed the piece by piece” past difficult roads without being sure to move on. Then he climbed the same way down in 40 minutes.
Another Swedish adventurer which is not so known is Janne Corax.
One of our great adventurer…
In 2003, he made the first bicycle value through the roadless Chang Tang plateau. The plateau is uninhabited and lies at a height of 5,000 meters in northern Tibet. He carried out the expedition with his former partner Nadine Saulnier. She also became the first woman to have crossed the plateau at all times. The expedition resulted in a thirty-one episode in the National Geographics series Into The Unknown. The section was called Too Tired. Janne Corax has been the first with several climbs in Tibet
On June 26, 2007 he and Nadine Saulnier King Oskars fjord traveled 6323 m. It is a distant mountain in Tibet reached after 28 days of cycling through the wilderness. The mountain got its Swedish name of the detective Sven Hedin. (as a matter of fact me and Johan Skiold was discussing of climb the King Oscars mountain at the time, petty we didn’t do it)
The third one will be Stefan Glowacz, born in Germany in Bavaria in 1965.
I see rock climbing not just as sport, but a way of life. Sometimes I can just sit at the bottom of a cliff, look around and feel good. I don’t even have to climb.
First ascents of big walls at the Una Peaks (Cape Renard Towers) in Antarctica; Tupilak and Ulamartorsuaq, respectively in Eastern and Southern Greenland; and Mount Harrison Smith in Canada
In 2001, he succeeded to be the first in fulfilling the trilogy of hardest multipitch routes of the Alps (all established in 1994), including Thomas Huber‘s ”End of Silence” (X/8b/5.13d) near Berchtesgaden and Beat Kammerlander‘s ”Silbergeier” (”Silver Vulture”) (X/8b/5.13d) in Rätikonn.
And today I will move to a small place in Jämtland. Vallåsen which is a small Sami village were some really awesome trails start from. When you arrive the first place you will see is the Per-olsgården.
Per-olsgården were you can stay, before skiing or hiking to Lunndorren-Ice lake valley or to Anaris mountain cabin.
The trail begin in the pre-mountain forest, it is a nice and very relaxing path..
Just follow the trail, and go with the flow. Here you have shelter from stormy weather..
Then you can choose the train into the ice lake walley(issjödalen) and you will enter a place that feels you are in the movie Lords of the rings..
Then it is easy to follow the trail to Lunndorren. You will for syre be alone on that trail, you have to pass some snow fields on the route to the cabin..
19km later you will se the Lunndorren cabin at the side of the mountain lake.
The target of the day, the Lunndorren mountain cabin. With great probability you will be alone in the cabin. It got 12 beds, but seldom the cabin is crowded..
Time for the 18th door, and about Samis learning more..
The sami flag..
The sami Parliament(sv. sametinget) is an own authority. The Sami Parliament is both a governmental authority with administrative duties and a popular-chosen Sámi parliament, with the mission of working for a living Sami culture in Sweden.
The Sámi Parliament is a governmental government under the Government, with particular responsibility for language, culture and reindeer care.
The elected Parliament
The elected parliament consists of 31 members who meet in plenary three times a year. The Board is ultimately responsible for the Sami Parliament’s activities.
Reindeer husbandry is a Sami nutrition, which in Sweden is reserved for the Sami, according to Sweden’s basis. The reindeer husbandry is based on ancient memories and is nothing like the Sami ”received” by the state. All running is based on the free nature of the game because the reindeer is a walking animal.
Today there are 4600 reindeer owners in Sweden. 85% of them lives in Norrbotten in the northern part of Sweden. 40% of the reindeer owner are women. In Sweden today there are 220 000-280 000 reindeers.
The reindeer husbandry of today is mainly focused on meat production. Themed reindeer is now used mostly in tourism or for ”renrace”. Reindeer husbandry still plays a major role in the Sami culture. It is a tradition bearer with a high symbol value. Being a renter is a hard job, but it is also a lifestyle. As a renter, you are a carrier and broker of the Sami reindeer husbandry culture.